This is Saigon

It’s always hard to know where to start back after a break…

We had an amazing time in Vietnam; it felt so good to be back in a place I loved so much the first time around! We had 2 weeks over there, with our time split between Saigon, Hoi An and Hanoi. I have plenty to write about, and lots of gorgeous shots to show you.

For now, though, I wanted to just share this one image. One of my favourites from the trip. The one that sums up Saigon perfectly for me. It’s a city that’s both laid back and lazy, and frenetic and fast paced. People seem to be either rushing around, hellbent on getting to wherever they’re going right now, or sitting back and watching the world go by without a care in the world. One of the many reasons why I love this city ever so much…

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Through my eyes: Melbourne, June 2016. Winter is coming.

Just a few recent snaps of Melbourne coming into winter this year. Because this city, to me, is at her most beautiful at this time of year; when you’re as likely to get clear blue skies with cotton candy clouds as you are the get misty, foggy days. When you see the cafes lit up with that gorgeous golden glow early in the morning to caffeinate the city workers. When the beautiful winter coats and leather boots start to appear on the streets’ catwalks and leaves the most stunning shades of red and auburn and orange and gold litter the footpaths. When the rain washes it all away and everything becomes clean and new again…

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Through my eyes: The streets of Kagurazaka, Japan

Day 1 in Tokyo: arrived into Narita airport at 8am after a long overnight flight, ate a quick lunch and checked in to my hotel, had a shower and a quick rest, then met the lovely Mika from JAPANiCAN for a walking tour around Kagurazaka (highly recommend this!).

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Kagurazaka was an old geisha quarter, prominent during the Edo Period, outside the moat of Edo Castle. It was probably the most beautiful area of Tokyo that I saw, with dozens of little cobble-stoned alleys branching out from the main street filled with quaint little doorways and colourful flower pots. Temples unexpectedly popped up out of nowhere, and they were breath taking. The people were fascinating in the way they went about their business, some a little curious of the foreigners on their streets, others not caring enough to look up.

Putting this delicate, beautiful area into words is a little tough, so instead, I’m going to let my photos do the talking..

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Through my eyes: Melbourne street art – Blender’s Laneway

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On our way from the Queen Vic Market area to our first Open House Melbourne stop (that post coming tomorrow), my disposition to distraction by bright colours stuck again while walking along Franklin St. The laneway next to Charles Darwin University is filled with the most STUNNING street art, and I cannot believe I’ve only just found out about it! After further investigation, I discovered The Blender Studio, located next to the laneway. You can read more about the studio on their website, but I’ll let the street art talk for itself.

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By the way – here’s a map!
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Through my eyes: perfect old buildings of High St, Preston/Northcote

I’ve been sick with the flu for a week and a half. Second case of the flu in a month. It’s kicking my ass. I’ve also not really exercised in this time. This is ridiculous for the girl who usually works out 6 – 7 days a week, including an hour before work every morning at 5.45am. In my defense, I was also a personal trainer for 8 years, a martial artist for around 15 years, and once you get into those habits, its hard to get out of them!

Husband and I usually go for a pretty long walk (around 12km on average) most Sundays to and from a breakfast or brunch spot. Last weekend was the first time in over a week I’d had the energy to actually do anything, and also the first time it hasn’t really been raining in a while, so we decided to head out for a walk and a feed. That review is coming up soon.

In the mean time, I quite enjoyed my time being let lose for a 10km walk in the fresh air, and noticed for the first time that there are some really beautiful old buildings along High Street, spanning the Preston and Northcote suburbs. A lot of them now have shiny new signage for new businesses that have popped up, but there are still hints of the good old days to be seen. More still have that retro, vintage, gorgeously run down and dilapidated look to them. They’re all little bits of history, though. Here are some snaps I took and played around with on the VSCOcam last weekend…

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